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Introducing the board

On this page you can find out more about our board and committee members. Choose a board member to see their profile which includes their experience and a bit more about their passion for working for Leeds Trinity University.

Bishop Marcus Governor. Ex Officio Chair

Bishop Marcus Stock

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Jamie Hanley (Governor). Chair of Board

Jamie Hanley

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Governor Richard Marchant. Vice-Chair of Board

Richard Marchant

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Charles Egbu (Governor). Ex Officio Governor

Charles Egbu (VC)

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Susan Rix (Governor). EX Officio Governor

Susan Rix

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Aidan Grills (Governor). Independent Governor

Aidan Grills

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Andy Gilliland (Governor). Academic Staff Governor

Andy Gilliland

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Bill-mccarthy (Governor). Independent Governor

Bill McCarthy

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Chelsey Grooby (Governor). Student Governor

Chelsey Grooby

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David Haslam Governor. Professional Services Staff Governor

Dave Haslam

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Emily Reed Governor. Independent Governor

Emily Reed

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Jason Aldiss (Governor). Independent Governor

Jason Aldiss

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Justine Andrew (Governor). Independent Governor

Justine Andrew

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Liz Richards (Governor). Independent Governor

Liz Richards

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Mark Brockbank (Governor). Independent Governor

Mark Brockbank

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Mark Wilson (Governor). Independent Governor

Mark Wilson

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Martin Holden (Governor). Independent Governor

Martin Holden

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Mike Feely Governor. Independent Governor

Mike Feely

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Roohi Collins (Governor). Independent Governor

Roohi Collins

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Thelma Ford Escobar (Governor). Independent Governor

Thelma Ford-Escobar

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Ceri Nursaw (Governor). Co-opted Committee Member

Ceri Nursaw

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Richard Atkinson (Governor). Co-opted Committee Member

Richard Atkinson

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Tom Denwood (Governor). Co-opted Committee Member

Tom Denwood

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Craig Williams Governor. Clerk to the Board / Company Secretary

Craig Williams

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Bishop Marcus Stock

Ex-Officio Chair of the Board

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Bishop Marcus has been a priest for over 33 years and a bishop for the last seven of those years. He served in parishes within the Archdiocese of Birmingham from 1988 to 2009 as well as being the diocesan Director of Schools from 1999-2009. He was then appointed General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales. From 2011-13, he was also Acting Director of the Catholic Education Service. Following appointment by Pope Francis, he was ordained as the tenth Bishop of Leeds on Thursday, 13th November 2014.

Within the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, he was Vice Chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission from 2015-21 and is currently the Chair of the Catholic Education Service and Chair of the Department for Education and Formation.

The experience of working with the leadership and governance in Catholic primary and secondary education brings a holistic vision of the importance of life-long learning to the important role of higher education in today's world.

The formation of men and women for positions of leadership in the Church, in society and in public service. As a Catholic University, Leeds Trinity provides a hospitable place for integrating faith and reason at the institutional and personal levels

Other positions held

  • Leeds Diocesan Trust - Chair of the Board of Directors
  • Catholic Care - Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • St John's School for the Deaf - Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • St Cuthbert's College Ushaw - Trustee
  • St Bede's Catholic School Bradford Trust - Non-Executive Director

Jamie Hanley

Chair of the board

Jamie Hanley (Governor).

Jamie is a Management Board level partner at one of the UK’s oldest law firms.  His professional career has been dedicated to widening access to our legal system and to helping those most in need find solutions to the challenges they face – during the past 25 years he has helped thousands of people find justice. He leads on strategy and business development, as well as managing all key client relationships.

Jamie is passionate about education.  He served as a member of the former Government’s Education & Skills Policy Commission, as well as their Joint Policy Committee, working for a number of years as part of a small team including the Prime Minister, senior Ministers and key stakeholders, to oversee policy development.  He has experience of developing and delivering integrated media and political influencing strategies, and has advised Ministers and Parliamentarians across a number of campaigns.  He has worked alongside two UK Prime Ministers and a former President of the United States, including on political campaigns in the UK, USA, Middle East, Eastern Europe and Caribbean.

Jamie’s commercial interests include as founder and Director of a company that offers consumer and financial discounts and comparison services. Working alongside leading consumer experts, including one of the former ‘dragons’ from BBC’s Dragons Den, the company uses cutting edge technology to deliver a unique benefit to their customers.

Jamie played squash at a competitive level but this is now frustrated by a love of good food and fine wine. He is a (long suffering) Leeds United season ticket holder.

Richard Marchant, Independent Governor

Vice Chair of the Board

Chair of Finance and Resources Committee

Richard Marchant (Governor).

Richard is a Non-Executive Director at Cloudshift Group - the leading platinum salesforce consultancy in the UK. Previously he was CEO of Capita Local Government, Health and Property Division, incorporating over 12,000 people and revenues of £900m.

Richard brings his experience of business leadership, financial background and as a qualified accountant and in Management of Estates functions.

As a Governor he enjoys putting something back into Leeds, his local area, working to promote the student journey and making Leeds trinity an excellent place to work and study.

In his spare time Richard enjoys being with his children and grandchildren, watching football, and spending time in Majorca!

Charles Egbu, Ex Officio Governor

Vice-Chancellor

Member of Finance and Resources Committee, Governance and Nominations Committee and Academic Assurance & Student Experience Committee

Charles Egbu (Governor).

Charles joined Leeds Trinity University as Vice-Chancellor on 1 November 2020. His role is to lead the University on all strategic matters; ensuring financial sustainability to allow the delivery of the University's Strategic Plan, including the overall vision and values of the University. 

Charles has significant experience of working in the higher education sector, championing the quality of learner experience, improving student outcomes, widening participation, equity and inclusion in higher education, and industry-academia collaboration. He represents the University externally at various groups including Universities UK (UUK), Million Plus, Yorkshire Universities, Leeds Learning Alliance, and the Cathedral's Group.   

Charles also works closely with industry and professional bodies, especially in the Built Environment sector, and with local communities.

Charles research interests focus on project management, construction management and sustainable development; subjects about which he has written 12 books and contributed to more than 350 publications in various international journals and conferences. In addition to this Charles has supervised over 25 PhD students and examined over 100 PhD candidates world-wide. Also acts as an external examiner on taught and research programmes in several universities all over the world.

Interests

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB)
  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS)
  • Fellow of the Association for Project Management (FAPM)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)
  • Sits on Editorial Boards, and National and International Scientific Committees to do with research in Sustainable Development, Architecture, Engineering and Construction.

Past appointments

  • Past President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Past Chair of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management)
  • Former Member of the Peer Review College of both the UK Economic and Social Sciences Research Council (ESRC) and the Peer Review College of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
  • Former Governor and Member of the London Design & Engineering UTC Board of Directors
  • Was admitted to the Worshipful Company of Constructors in May 2017 and received the Freedom of the City of London in 2017.
  • Former Director and member of the Board of Trustees for the Association for Project Management (APM), and Chairman of the Professional Standards and Knowledge (PS&K) committee of the Association for Project Management.

Susan Rix, EX Officio Governor

Nominee of the Superior General of the Cross and Passion

Member of Audit Committee and Academic Assurance & Student Experience Committee

Susan Rix (Governor).

Susan is a retired Deputy Headteacher of Catholic Secondary school in Bradford. He career was based in Secondary schools founded by the Sisters of the Cross and Passion religious order.

Susan was a lead teacher in the Technical and Vocational Educational initiative including establishing a Work Placements programme for post 14 students, working with E2L students from Europe and beyond. One of her achievements was being awarded the LTU 'Outstanding Contribution to Catholic Education' award.

Susan was responsible for Pastoral Care and Safeguarding of the whole school community, leadership of Academic and Pastoral work teams and collaboration work with cross phases in education. She delivered vocational education for Post-14 and Post-16 cohorts, worked as an assessor, as an examiner, including writing a new exam course, and as a careers teacher.

Susan's work as a governor continues her connection with younger people and the world of Catholic education founded by the Sisters of the Cross and Passion. She is proud to be in the position to encourage all those at Leeds Trinity who work in pursuing its admirable vision, values and mission to ensure the students enjoy a full and fruitful career at the University and in life beyond. She also seeks to assist with building networks between Leeds Trinity, schools and the Leeds diocese.

Susan enjoys spending time with family and friends and her Parish Family community. Also walking, gardening and travel.

Interests

  • Trustee of Catholic Care and member of the Personnel committee.
  • Trustee of Burley and Menston Charities.

Aidan Grills, Independent Governor

Chair of Academic Assurance and Student Experience Committee

Vice Chair of Governance and Nominations Committee

Aidan Grills (Governor).

Aiden is Chief Executive of Leeds University Union. In this role he has developed LUU to receive national and international recognition for work in the field of students' unions.

He brings vast experience of Charity and HE sector governance, expertise in student support and student representation in academic management, strategic management and Audit and Quality frameworks.

Aiden believes strongly that a great higher education experience can offer opportunities that will be a foundation for life, both inside and outside formal earning. Also that access to the Leeds Trinity experience should be offered to as wide a group of students as possible and we should always work hard to stretch the boundaries of how Leeds Trinity can positively impact our community and the individuals who can benefit.

Aidan is involved in his local community in Mirfield as a volunteer and member of The Salvation Army and as a coach with Norristhorpe Juniors Football Club. He is committed to personal development and currently researching towards a doctorate in business.

Interests

  • Chair of Trustees for the Huddersfield Town AFC Foundation
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellowship of the Chartered Management Institute
  • The Salvation Army UK Territorial Advisory Council
  • National Union of Students Charity Board

Andy Gilliland, Academic Staff Governor

Member of Finance and Resources Committee

Andy Gilliland (Governor).

Andy is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Trinity in the School of Business, Communication & Law and Programme Leader of BA (Hons) Accounting & Business. Formerly the Academic Group Leader for Business, he is currently Academic Coordinator for Ad:Venture (EU funded training and support programme for businesses across the Leeds City Region). A member of the University Equality Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Andy is also Co-Chair of the Staff Disability network and regularly Chairs the Student Discipline Panel.

Formerly a partner in a High Street Accountancy Practice, Andy has a wide practitioner background in business and finance, including Senior management and Board level experience in Corporate Financial Services. Before joining the academic team at Leeds Trinity, Andy worked on a voluntary basis with the Northern Leadership Academy, Leeds Chamber and Business Link to provide training and mentoring for new and ‘high growth potential’ businesses, whilst maintaining his full time role as a Director of a financial services company.

He brings his skills, expertise and experience to support and enhance the University experience and organisational effectiveness for all stakeholders; including in the areas of Strategic Planning, Operational Evaluation and Financial Management as well as Corporate Governance, Change Management, Audit, Risk and Compliance.

In his spare time Andy enjoys Golf, Early Church Music and Architecture, Opera and Local History

Interests

  • Justice of the Peace and formerly a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Magistracy
  • Trustee & Chair of Audit & Risk Committee of Collaborative Learning Trust (MAT)
  • Academic Champion CGMA (for Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
  • Past Registrar, Province of Yorkshire West Riding
  • Clerk to the Trustees of Otley United Charities
  • Inspirational Teacher of the Year Award (Leeds Trinity) 2017, Runner Up 2016
  • Personal Tutor of the Year Award Runner Up 2018, 2020
  • Member of Senior Common Room - Hatfield College, University of Durham

Bill McCarthy, Independent Governor

Vice Chair of Academic Assurance and Student Experience Committee

Bill-mccarthy (Governor).

Bill is North West Regional Director of NHS England / NHS Improvement

He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Honorary Professor of Health Policy at the University of Bradford and Chair of Bradford Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

In a previous role he was the Government’s principal policy adviser on health reforms and has served on various national bodies including the NHS Constitution Forum and the Health and Local Government Strategy Board.

An economist by profession, he has held a number of senior public service appointments including Director-General at the Department of Health, Chief Executive at City of York Council, Chief Executive of NHS Yorkshire and the Humber and, most recently, National Policy Director at NHS England. Bill was appointed a Non-Executive Director at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust on 1 November, 2015, and Chair on 1 November, 2016.

Chelsey Grooby

President of Leeds Trinity Students’ Union (LTSU) - Elected Governor

Member of Governance and Nominations Committee, Academic Assurance and Student Experience Committee

Chelsey Grooby (Governor).

In her role as President of Leeds Trinity Students’ Union, Chelsey leads on Academic Support and Representation, working alongside LTSU colleagues, Academic Staff, students and professional services. She has spoken on institutional, local and National levels about inclusion, relationships between universities and their students and the impacts of Covid-19.

Chelsea attends Academic Board, Planning Committee, Campus and Infrastructure, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and is a member of the Race Equality Charter Self Assessment Team (RECSAT).

As a recent graduate and current MA student, Chelsea provides an insight in to current barriers and provide honest feedback when questioned on ideas and improvements. Her work with the Union allows her to approach problems with multiple perspectives, considering operational, financial, academic and experience as factors, to help create well rounded solutions.

Chelsea is proud of her work alongside colleagues, on projects and as a part of working groups to widen participation, better access and bring forward the best student experience possible.

She enjoys her role as governor, making influential and impactful decisions for the University and being able to attend and speak openly as a representative for the students, elevating the student voice and ensuring that decisions are made in their best interests.

Interests

  • Chair of Leeds Trinity Students’ Union Trustee Board.
  • Co-Chair Student Engagement and Experience Committee alongside Malcolm Todd (DVC).

 

Dave Haslam, Professional Services Staff Governor

Member of Governance and Nominations Committee

David Haslam Governor.

 

David is the porter at Leeds Trinity University. 

He brings many years' experience as a Trade Union representative including counseling skills and theory.

He holds Level 3 Security Services and Level 2 Health and Safety qualifications.

Emily Reed, Independent Governor

Member of Governance and Nominations Committee

Emily Reed Governor.

Emily is a barrister specialising in all aspects of family law and the Court of Protection. As a barrister, she has developed the ability to analyse and assimilate vast amounts of information quickly and act as an impassioned advocate, putting forward the case for her client whether they be a CCG, local authority, parent or child. She converted to law after gaining a first class degree in English at the University of Cambridge. 

Her background in law enables her to assist the Board with respect to any legal issues that from time to time arise. In her career and past work in pupillage recruitment, Emily has undertaken equality and diversity training, which provides her with a depth of knowledge when issues with respect to diversity surface.

Emily is a practicing Catholic and is invested in the Catholic ethos and foundation of LTU. LTU's approach to ensuring that each student is supported and treated as an individual, a name not a number, also motivates her to contribute in whatever way she is able to the progress of the University and its students. 

She is the Pro Bono Champion at her Chambers, Park Square Barristers.

Emily has two young children aged 3 and 1. She is a keen allotmenteer and foodie, a good eater rather than cook! She also enjoys getting into the fresh air as much as possible. 

Jason Aldiss, Senior Independent Governor

Member of Finance and Resources Committee, Remuneration Committee and Academic Assurance & Student Experience Committee

Jason Aldiss (Governor).

Currently Head of External Affairs for AIMS having come out from running a 750 person veterinary company which he created and grew over a 25 year period. Jason is also Chairman of CABROP, a Pakistan based cooperative seeking to implement herd health programmes in Pakistan.

With many years working at board level and a wealth of governance experience along with 25 years in business, Jason brings a commercial and enquiring mind to the LTU Board.

Jason enjoys his role as governor of a dynamic and student focussed institution and finds it hugely rewarding to be be part of such a forward-thinking and successful organisation. It allows him to give something back to the local community and to young people along with providing a practical outlet to practise his faith.

Interests

  • Secretary General of the Union of European Veterinary Hygienists
  • Past President of the Veterinary Public Health Association
  • Beadle for the Company of Butchers of York
  • CEO of Advanced Agritech Solutions
  • Awarded the British Empire Medal for meritorious service
  • Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Butchers
  • Past Provincial Grand Knight of the Knights of St Columba and a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre

 

Justine Andrew, Independent Governor

Chair of Remuneration Committee and Member of Audit Committee

Justine Andrew (Governor).

 

Justine is Senior Independent Governor at Leeds Trinity University and Chair of the Remuneration Committee. She is also on the Leeds and York Chamber of Commerce Leadership Board and a Fellow of the RSA.

Based in Leeds, Justine is Market Director for KPMG’s Education and Skills team. Until 2015 she led KPMG’s work across the Public Sector in the North, encompassing Local Government; the NHS; Higher Education and Social Housing.

Since then, whilst keeping more than one foot in the North, her substantive role is a national one as the Market Director for KPMG's Education and Skills practice - responsible for the development their work in this sector, encompassing schools, 14-19, higher education and increasingly the wider skills agenda linked to Northern Powerhouse and devolution.

Justine leads KPMG's work with some of the largest education providers nationally as well as being at the forefront of the company's work in the skills space.

She has a particular interest in the economic development of ‘place’ and the role of collaboration to achieve that.

Prior to working at KPMG Justine worked in the automotive industry and has lived and worked in various countries, including China, Japan, Germany and Korea.

Interests

  • Member of the Leeds and York Chamber of Commerce Leadership Board
  • Fellow of the RSA
  • Director of York Mediale

Liz Richards, Independent Governor

Chair of Audit Committee
Member of Remuneration Committee

Liz Richards (Governor).

Liz is an experienced executive and non-executive director with a career spanning the financial Services, data and software sectors. After an early career with Lloyds Bank, Liz qualified as a chartered accountant with EY. 

She brings wide commercial and financial experience, and audit and governance expertise, chairs the audit committee and is a member of the remuneration committee.

Liz is inspired by the values and ethos of Leeds Trinity deriving from its inclusive catholic foundation.

Interests:

  • Trustee of Yorkshire Cancer Research
  • Chair of Yorkshire Cancer Research Finance and Investment committee

Mark Brockbank, Independent Governor

Vice Chair of Audit Committee

Mark Brockbank (Governor). 

Mark had a 40 year working life, the last 35 years as an IT professional. For much of that time he worked in broad scope forward looking roles whilst maintaining a strong connection to the practical implications of implementing information systems. His career included working for the Civil Service, for one of the largest high street financial names and lastly for IBM. There his final role was as technical lead on the team dedicated to one of IBM’s top 20 UK customers, a high street name with diverse business units.

His forward outlook in life as well as work has long led him to be concerned about fairness and equality of opportunity as well as environmental futures (he was responsible for his local Green Fair for many years).

Working in strategic, analytic roles has given him a way of looking at developments that considers both short and long term implications and his years of IT experience help him appreciate the implications of moving forward into an increasingly digital world.

Mark loves the ethos of the University, the real commitment to both "name not a number" and providing great educational opportunity to those for whom it may not be a natural step. He is pleased to be able to bring his skills and experience to the Board to help LTU move onwards and upwards, providing continually better experiences for its students.

Interests

  • Things scientific, including being an Otley Science Festival committee member

  • Enjoying the great outdoors and being a walk leader for Otley Walking Festival

  • Fellow of the British Computer Society

  • Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology  

Mark Wilson, Independent Governor

Mark Wilson (Governor).

Mark is retired from over thirty years in IT and has resumed a musical career.

He spent twenty-five years as a company director, specialising in quality management, quality assurance and testing in multiple domains.

Mark sang one of his songs on the last ever broadcast of Channel 4's "The Tube". Mark enjoys his role as a Governor and wants all students to have the same terrific experience of higher education as he had.  

Interests

Member of the Chartered Quality Institute

Martin Holden, Independent Governor

Vice Chair of Finance and Resources Committee

Martin Holden (Governor).

Martin is a Certified Accountant with over 35 years’ experience, and a partner at Saffery Champness in Harrogate. 

He specialises in advising complex ownership business and AIM Companies. The nature of advice given ranges from strategic commercial advice to structural and financial planning, in addition to providing audit assurance.

Martin is passionate about education and the benefits it can bring to all. He believes if all parties contribute then this can life changing and enhancing and great fun at the same time.

He is a trustee of a local charity and works with a number of Boards of Companies.

Martin lives in the Yorkshire Dales with wife Angela and two dogs Basil and Billy.  He is an enthusiastic, but inadequate golfer. HE is also a keen runner, who has completed four of the six Abbot World Marathon Majors as well as a number of others in the UK.

Roohi Collins, Independent Governor

Vice Chair of Remuneration Committee and Member of Audit Committee

Roohi Collins (Governor).

Roohi was a partner in a national Law Firm specialising in professional indemnity, insurance and educational law. Retirement has given her the opportunity to become involved in organisations close to her heart. She has been involved in the Covid-19 vaccination programme which has been extremely interesting.

Roohi brings a broad commercial and legal experience to her role as a governor with an ability to constructively analyse information and raise appropriate issues. She also brings her experience as a parent, a grandmother and experience of the education sector and the issues surrounding employability.

As a Governor, Roohi seeks to improve the education and employable skills of young people, particularly in areas outside the normal professional roles.

In her spare time Roohi enjoys golf and pending time with her grandchildren.

Interests:

Trustee Leeds Community Foundation. 

Thelma Ford-Escobar, Independent Governor

Member of Finance and Resources Committee

Thelma Ford Escobar (Governor).

Thelma is Head of the School Law, Accountancy, Business and Sports and brings over two decades of significant work experience in business, higher education and as a management consultant.

She is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Leadership and brings her knowledge of higher education, academic quality, policies and procedures to the board along with over 5 years' experience of board administration and strategy.

She is a professional speaker on Leadership and management topics, including Diversity and Inclusion, Employability and Transformational leadership

She holds Roman Catholic values and beliefs and believes Leeds Trinity is a unique Higher Education Institution with a deeply caring community at the heart of matters concerning both student and staff experience and wellbeing. 

Interests

  • CMI NEYH Regional Board Member: Diversity and Inclusion Lead
  • External Examiner
  • Leadership and Management book reviewer, course reviewer
  • Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE), awarded by Chartered Associations of Business Schols (CABS) in HE.
  • Chartered Fellow Chartered Management Institute (CMI)
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • Member Institute of Directors
  • Member British Academy of Management

Ceri Nursaw, Co-opted Committee Member

Member of Academic Assurance and Student Experience Committee

Ceri Nursaw (Governor).

Ceri has worked in the higher education sector for over 25 years. Currently Chief Executive of the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education, which supports leadership development and the growth of enterprise and entrepreneurial capacity in further and higher education. Since her appointment she has extended NCEE's global reputation, establishing a branch in China, and growing the number of leadership programmes available (including a ground-breaking leadership programme for heads of schools and services).

Alongside NCEE Ceri runs Nursaw Associates that supports social mobility in higher education. She has worked with the Office for Students, Sutton Trust, Medical Schools Council and a range of universities. Currently she is supporting the growth and development of work experience in the health service with Health Education England, alongside managing the Medical Schools Council's national outreach programme.

Through her work in national educational policy development alongside working with Vice-Chancellors and senior leaders across the UK (and overseas), Keri has an understanding of the context in which Leeds Trinity is operating, and is able to translate it so that the University can positively position itself.  She is skilled in bringing together policy and practice, particularly in and around access, progression, employability and enterprise.

Ceri has worked with Leeds Trinity University throughout her career and has always respected the strong commitment to its students and the warm and caring environment it creates.  She wants to ensure that the University continues to build on its strengths as we look to the future - with a new strategy and an ever-changing external context.  

Ceri is also a recently qualified Executive Coach.

Interests

  • Trustee of the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association
  • Parent Governor of Bryn Coch Primary School

Richard Atkinson, Co-opted Committee Member

Member of Academic Assurance and Student Experience Committee

Richard Atkinson (Governor).

Richard is the Technology Director of Nando's, where he has been credited with being one of the UK's top 50 influencers in the digitisation of customer experiences. He previously evolved JustGiving from a charity news content concept into what became the world's largest fundraising platform for good causes.

He brings his deep technological knowledge and digital transformation experience to Leeds Trinity University's vision and plans for the future of Higher Education.

In his work at Nando's and voluntary work, Richard is passionate about helping people to develop skills and create opportunities in their lives.  The chance to work with a values-based educational establishment in his local community of West Yorkshire was simply irresistible.

When he's not nerding out on new technology, Richard enjoys time with his family and has two teenage children who he realises will leave him in their wake some day soon on their regular cycle rides.

Interests:

  • Chartered IT Professional
  • Member of the British Computing Society

Tom Denwood, Co-opted Committee Member

Member of Audit Committee

Tom Denwood (Governor).

Tom has worked for over 18 years in senior roles in healthcare technology, currently as Chief Digital Officer and Partner at Population Health Partners LLC, an investment company focused on innovative therapeutics with the potential to transform health outcomes for populations.

Tom specialises in leading diverse teams to deliver sustainable change, enabled by technology. He has a passion for social justice, and the role high quality education, health, sport, environments, innovation, politics, and their inter-connectivity in raising life chances and promoting inclusivity and diversity in vibrant communities.

Tom knows education changes lives, and has a critical role to play equipping young people to respond to the consequences of the dual-crises COVID and the post Brexit economic shock, as well as being globally competitive.  He passionately believes in social justice – that everyone should great have opportunities in life – as he did - and the critical role Leeds Trinity University in that. Tom’s relationship with Leeds Trinity started in 1990, and he wants to support students and stakeholders to create more great opportunities, in the health, life sciences, digital and technology sectors.

Interests:

• Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
• Fellow of British Computer Society

Craig Williams - Clerk to the Board and Company Secretary

Craig Williams Governor.

Craig is the Clerk to the Board and Company Secretary. He began his career as an 'old fashioned' apprentice with Shell and was a non-traditional entrant to HE as a mature student before embarking on a second career in employability for vulnerable adults, training and skills, careers and latterly governance support (Clerking). Craig has experience supporting adults with a learning difficulty into employment and supporting the governance of the merger between Knowsley and St Helens FE Colleges. 

Craigs role as Clerk supports all the Governors at Leeds Trinity and is informed by his extensive and varied career experience. From apprentice to supporting the development of the employer led Employment and Skills Board and Partnership in Bradford, including producing the first employment and skills strategy. He is also experienced as a Clerk with various Further Education Colleges and volunteering as a trustee/Governor both in FE and the voluntary sector.

He is proud to support the mission, vision and values of LTU, to engage and support students with everything that Higher Education can offer; In preparation for what will be a very different employment market and society than that which he experienced. 

In his spare time Craig tends his organic allotment which and collects spare produce for a local foodbank. In a previous life he played national league volleyball for Leeds, and also enjoys travel and reading.

Craig is a Director/trustee of the White Rose Academy Trust and sits on his allotment Committee.